Amid Meningitis Outbreak, LA Launches Vaccination Outreach Campaign
Officials will also develop new strategies and tools to help health care providers identify those at risk of the disease and advocate for the vaccine, says Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, interim health officer for the county public health department.
LA County Developing Meningitis Vaccination Campaign
Local health officials want to boost meningitis vaccination levels among gay and bisexual men, amid a disease outbreak in Southern California that has disproportionately sickened men who have sex with men. So far this year, L.A. County has reported 13 cases of meningitis; seven were among men who have sex with men. All of the patients survived. Officials acknowledge getting more men vaccinated will be challenging since many people don't know they're at risk for the disease. (Plevin, 7/14)